ABC takes steps towards bringing Agent Carter to TV. After word first came of a TV series, sprung from the Marvel One-Shot short, Agent Carter, a period of silence had set in. Now comes word that Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have been hired to produce/ executive produce for the project. The duo, best known as the creators of the series Reaper, already have a standing production deal with the network (they are the showrunners for ABC’s upcoming Resurrection series), which adds some weight to the report.
About Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter:
Agent Carter, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of digital download release on September 3, 2013, sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter. The short also sees Dominic Cooper and Neal McDonough reprise their roles as Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively, Chris Evans via archive footage as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and introduces Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn and Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson.
The film takes place one year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, in which Agent Carter, now a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is stuck compiling data instead of working field cases. One night while alone in the office, the case line rings, informing Carter of the location of the mysterious Zodiac. She goes to the location, and is able to retrieve the serum single-handily. The next day, her misogynistic boss, Agent Flynn, reprimands her for not going through the proper procedures to complete the mission. As Flynn heads to his office, the case line rings, this time with Howard Stark on the other end. He tells Flynn to inform Carter that she will co-head the newly created S.H.I.E.L.D. and that Flynn must personally assist Carter with her things. In a mid-credit scene, Dum Dum Dugan is seen poolside with Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly created bikinis. Dugan asks Stark if he created them, to which Stark replies “the French”.
The Agent Carter TV series is likely to follow the exploits of Agent Carter, with Hayley Atwell remaining in the role, across the Golden Age years of the Marvel Universe. This could be as simple as the teething of S.H.I.E.L.D., or as ambitious as the inclusion of classic properties like The Invaders and Sgt. Fury’s Howling Commandos; but I may be getting ahead of myself. There was a World War and a Cold War in Captain America’s absence, after all, and the series is still very much the stuff of speculation, at this point.
The last time the Marvel One-Shot series was mined for television, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the result (from shorts A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, and Item 47), but under a degree of secrecy. Apparently, a production kept close to the cuff is not the only thing the two Marvel One-Shot TV off-shoots will have in common. ABC President Paul Lee praised a finished script for the Agent Carter series on Friday. In much the same way that the pilot for Agents was penned by Joss Whedon, the man behind the Avengers franchise, that Agent Carter script came from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters for Captain America: The First Avenger.
Besides adding further confirmation that the Agent Carter project is proceeding, the scripting credit also suggests a trend in the making. One where creators of Marvel’s successful big screen offerings may extend their services to small screen spin-offs and off-shoots, with the Marvel One-Shot series as a bellwether. I suppose we’ll know for sure if something related to All Hail the King comes down the pipeline.
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